Welcome back NFL. Props to the NFL for being able to stretch out a draft event over 3 days and keep us all glued to our TV/phone during the offseason.
With teams drafting significant draft capital in some of the top prospects in the 2021 draft, there's bound to a changing of the guard from some of our established fantasy assets.
A lesson I’ve learned the hard way in dynasty formats is that things change quickly in fantasy football!
With the draft in the books, we wanted to highlight three NFL veterans whose stock had a major surge as a result of the draft and also cringe as we look at our dynatsy rosters with three veterans whose value took a major hit.
Fantasy Football Losers
Andy Dalton, QB Chicago Bears
Dalton seemed poised to have the Bear’s QB1 gig all locked up when he signed a one year $10 million deal in March, until the Bears drafted Justin Fields with the 11th pick in the draft.
For what it’s worth the Bears have come out after the draft and reassured Dalton that he will start at QB in 2021, but I don’t see that sticking for long.
Fields is a dual threat option that can open up the Bears offense and the Chicago fan base will be pushing for him to replace Dalton sooner rather than later in the season.
Benny Snell Jr. and Anthony McFarland Jr., RBs Pittsburgh Steelers
Snell and McFarland appeared poised to have the Steeler backfield locked up when James Conner signed with the Arizona Cardinals, but that quickly changed when the Steelers added Najee Harris with the 24th pick.
Harris was a beast last year as he led the NCAA with 26 rushing scores last season and ranked third in rushing yards (1,466).
He’s a legitimate three-down back with solid hands. He’s arrival could make it hard for Snell and McFarland to see meaningful playing time.
James Robinson, RB Jacksonville Jaguars
For many fantasy owners James Robinson was the ultimate golden ticket in 2020.
He finished ninth in yards from scrimmage with 1,414 and had a bell cow type role as he dominated the snap percentage up to week 16.
Many fantasy owners were dreaming of Robinson keeping this backfield share all to himself until the Jaguars selected Travis Etienne with the 25th overall pick.
Making matters worse for Robinson dynasty owners, Etienne already has instant chemistry with the Jags new starting QB Trevor Lawrence as they played together in college at Clemson.
Etienne is a great pass-catching back and could quickly turn an initial timeshare with Robinson into a one-man backfield.
Fantasy Football Winners
Mike Davis, RB Atlanta Falcons
Everyone thought Atlanta was a prime candidate to upgrade their backfield early in this year's draft, but guess what... that didn't happen. In fact, they did not draft an RB with any of their 9 draft picks leaving Mike Davis as their questioned starter.
Let's not forget how efficient Davis was filling in for CMC last year and now he looks poised to make some noise in Atlanta.
Myles Gaskin, RB Miami Dolphins
Much like Davis, everyone expected Myles Gaskin to be replaced as the workhorse back in this year's draft. Instead, Miami didn't draft a running back until they snatched up Gerrid Doaks in the seventh round.
Watch out for Miami's offense this year as they have added a few dynamic playmakers (Will Fuller, Jaylen Waddle), and I could see the Gask man carrying fantasy managers to that fantasy championship VIP package.
Lamar Jackson, QB Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens showed their support for QB Lamar Jackson in this year's draft by significantly upgrading their weapons on the outside.
They added two good contested ball catchers (Rashod Bateman and Tylan Wallace) who are skillful route runners and should help open things up on the passing game.
While it's not the best landing spot for these WRs, it certainly makes Lamar Jackson look like a top 3 QB option for me in this upcoming season.